May 5 2009 12:00 AM

Stone Temple Pilots and more added to Common Ground


“I AM smelling like a rose that somebody gave me, ‘cause I’m dead and bloa … ,” oh hey, sorry about that. We got a little carried away when we found out Common Ground was announcing some new acts today, including ‘90s rock giants Stone Temple Pilots, soulful rhythm & bluesters Los Lonely Boys and ‘80s rock strutter Billy Squier.

Riding the wave of good will bestowed upon the loud guitars and manly angst of forerunners Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Stone Temple Piltos (or STP) quickly rose to fame on the strength of its first album, “Core,” which featured such hits as “Plush,” “Dead and Bloated,” “Sex Type Thing” and “Creep” and continued to get regular radio play throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s from subsequent albums “Purple,” “Tiny Music …" “ and “No. 4”

Sometimes villainized by music critics for aping the Seattle sound, music and culture writer Chuck Klosterman (known for making outrageous claims) has called the band’s “Interstate Love Song” the best song of the ‘90s. The band plays Common Ground July 7. (We’re hoping lead singe,r Scott Weiland, doesn’t forget his megaphone. Or spidery dance moves).

Returning to Common Ground for the second time in three years, Texas’ trio Los Lonely Boys will bring its smooth, bluesinfused sounds back to Riverfront Park. The band of brothers is best known for its No. 1, Grammy-winning hit “Heaven.”

Squier rose to prominence in the ‘80s with arena-style anthems that mixed melodic vocals with big guitar riffs reminiscent of late-era Led Zeppelin. His biggest hits include “The Stroke,” “Everybody Wants You,” “Lonely is the Night” and “My Kinda Lover,” which can all still be heard in regular rotation on hard-rock stations around the country.

He’ll take the stage at Common Ground on July 8.

This year’s Common Ground festival is July 6-12 in Lansing’s Riverfront Park.

Common Card seven-day passes are available for $85 until July 1, when they go up to $95. Individual, single-day general admission tickets for July 6–9 are $26 per day in advance until July 1, when they go up to $32.

Children 10 and younger get in free with a ticketed adult. Tickets are available at Star Tickets outlets, the Common Ground office in the Lansing City Market, 333 N. Cedar St., Lansing, www.commongroundfest.com and by calling 1 (800) 585-3737.